About the Program
The Hoover Institution appreciates the important role of Congressional staff, as they advise Members on the critically important policy issues that routinely come before Congress. The Hoover Institution is uniquely positioned to offer these staff comprehensive policy seminars that explore both the philosophical foundations of political reasoning as well as the mechanics of the policies themselves.
Twice a year, the Hoover Institution in Washington convenes a group of Congressional staff at Hoover’s facilities on Stanford University’s campus in Palo Alto, California for an educational seminar that features the Hoover Institution’s Senior and Research fellows, along with other distinguished visiting scholars. These seminars delve into the scholars’ policy research on a wide selection of topics keeping in line with Hoover’s mission. The Hoover Institution was founded "to make and preserve peace, and to sustain for America the safeguards of the American way of life" through principles of individual, economic, and political freedom; private enterprise; and representative government.
This intensive program includes two full days of programming where Hoover scholars will discuss a selection of topics keeping in line with Hoover’s mission. The Hoover Institution was founded “…to recall man’s endeavors to make and preserve peace, and to sustain for America the safeguards of the American way of life” through principles of individual, economic, and political freedom; private enterprise; and representative government.
Dates for the 2024 spring program will be posted when the 2024 Congressional calendar is released.
Participants will receive round-trip airfare and ground transportation to Stanford University from Washington, DC, housing on Stanford’s campus, and those meals that are part of the seminar. The Hoover Institution diligently complies with congressional ethics rules.
What You’ll Learn
Congressional fellows are encouraged to learn from and debate key philosophical and policy issues with some of the nation’s leading thinkers and practitioners. Participants may be asked to read and digest relevant materials from Hoover's scholars in advance of the seminars.
In addition to meeting with Hoover’s scholars, Congressional fellows will learn about Hoover’s Library and Archives where we collect, preserve, and make available the most important materials about global political, social, and economic change in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Hear From Alumni
"The Congressional Fellowship is a tremendous opportunity for any Hill Staffer. The caliber of speakers is only outmatched by the unprecedented access to them; intimate classes with casual Q&A sessions yield thought-provoking conversations between both the Fellows at the Hoover Institution and the fellow Congressional Staffers that come to Palo Alto with a huge variety of experiences behind them.”
Democratic Staff Director, Subcommittee on Tax Policy
House Committee on Ways & Means
"The Congressional Fellowship Program at the Hoover Institution provides rigorous policy discussions to Hill staffers from eminent Hoover scholars. The policy insights provided by the Program give balanced assessments of economic and social-policy issues that are useful and valuable to Congressional staff."
Republican Staff Director
Senate Committee on Finance
Who Should Submit Interest?
Mid- to senior-level congressional staff with a keen interest in economic policy and national security are encouraged to submit their specific interest in the program. We currently do not accept submissions of interest from Congressional fellows, as this program is designed for permanent Congressional staff.
To submit interest, please include a personal statement expressing your specific interest in participating in the Congressional Fellowship Program (500 words max). In addition, please include the following information:
- Name (Last, First Middle)
- Current Position and Office
- Cell Phone
- Email Address
Applications for the Fall 2023 Congressional Fellowship Program are now closed, more information about the Spring 2024 program will be updated on this page when it’s available.
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